Tuesday, February 21, 2017
"Man, it's great being from the dark side. It gives such a better picture of originality, non-conformism, sarcasm, and fun. Back then vert was so big there scenes all over and people were working on tricks and no one would know about it."
Matt is from Baltimore, Maryland. He was sponsored by Autobahn Wheels and Volcom in addition to Silverstar. Some of his favorite vert skaters included Mike Conroy, Blaize Blouin, Allen Midgette, Bernie O'Dowd, Mike Frazier, Bucky Lasek, and Derek Krasauskas. He likes the Melvins. Matt is into painting and making art.
Ryan Gee took the photo.
For the quote: Thrasher - June 2003 Volume 23 Number 6
Thrasher - August 1997 Volume 17 Number 8
Monday, February 20, 2017
"I have a lot of pride that I grew up skating on the East Coast. I skated all the time, even in the winter. I skated in gloves, skated ice patches as street gaps and did stuff over them. Skated the littlest towns with nothing but a curb."
For the quote: Thrasher - November 1998 Volume 18 Number 11
The photos are by Julius Reeves.
Slap - January 1997 Volume 7 Number 1
Friday, February 17, 2017
The Giant Distribution Mini Ramp.
There's a mini ramp section in Third Eye View that features the team shredding the company's halfpipe. You even get a few tricks from Barker Barrett, who I believe was working for Element at the time. Everybody catches some air and throws down with the lip trickery. The Giant Ramp looks neat because it has a few different sizes and a flat bank to wall to give it a little variety. I always like watching mini ramp clips. I used to enjoy skating them, but as of late my transition skills have gone to complete crap. I'm not sure how that happened beyond getting old.
I've watched a couple parts from the new Foundation video, but not all of it. Did anybody skate to The Clean's "Oddity"? Using that song somewhere in the video would have made a lot of sense. I hope the F-Troop releases a DVD because watching stuff online sucks. Is there supposed to be a new Santa Cruz video sometime soon? There was a photo essay that hinted at such a thing in a recent issue of the Skateboard Mag.
Silverstar is coming up next.
Transworld - June 1998 Volume 16 Number 6
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Kenny is from Wilmington, North Carolina. He did the ever popular switch from being an am on New Deal to being a pro on Element. Emerica, Vita, and DC sponsored Kenny's feet over the years. He was also on Nicotine and Landspeed for wheels. Big Hughes blasted some big ollies on both street and ramps in video parts for Element and Emerica. He did some great 360 flips and was so smooth on mini ramps.
Transworld - January 1998 Volume 16 Number 1
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
"The last video I saw that I really liked was Markovich's part in the Element video. He was doing his own shit and skating really fast. I haven't seen too much of that lately." - Dan Drehobl
Element released their Third Eye View video in 1998. Along with Kris, it featured parts from pros Reese Forbes, Billy Pepper, Mike Frazier, and Kenny Hughes. The ams were Tim O'Connor and Rob Pluhowski. Donny Barley was introduced as the new pro on the team, but only had a line of him cruising down the street doing a couple of big ollies. Markovich closed out the flick with his high speed destruction of a lot of street spots. There were large ollies and handrails to go with some flip tricks as well. He basically skates like he's been shot out of cannon. Everything is popped really high and caught clean. That's why he got the last part in so many videos over the years.
For the quote: Strength - Fall 1998 Volume 3 Issue Number 13
Transworld - August 1997 Volume 15 Number 8
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Monday, February 13, 2017
Dave is from Florida, having lived in Miami and Deland. He was first sponsored by H-Street and later switched to Dave Andrecht's 777. Steve Douglas offered him a spot on the team at the New Deal in 1993. He had a part in 1994's Children of the Sun video. As the New Deal was phased out, Dave moved over to Element. He left them for Media in 1997. Etnies and Duffs gave him some shoes over the years. He's into art and playing guitar. Some of his favorite bands include The Smiths, Lush, The Cure, and Slowdive. Based on an old Transworld interview, Dave likes Wendy's and ice cream.
Transworld - March 1997 Volume 15 Number 3